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8 killed after vehicle falls into gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir

2012-09-24 12:38:51 GMT2012-09-24 20:38:51(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

At least eight people were killed and nine others injured after a passenger vehicle carrying them fell into a deep gorge in Indian- controlled Kashmir, police said Monday.

The accident took place at Cobra Nallah in frontier Kupwara district, around 150 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"In a tragic road accident, a sumo carrying 17 passengers fell into deep gorge, killing eight of them and injuring nine others," said a police spokesman in Srinagar.

According to officials, the ill-fated vehicle was on way to Jabdi from Tangdar, when it skidded off the road.

The injured were immediately rushed to hospital.

Preliminary investigation suggested the vehicle was overloaded, police said.

The sumo vehicle has seating capacity for nine passengers, but for hilly areas only seven passengers are allowed.

Deadly road accidents are common in this mountainous region often caused by overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.

According to the region's traffic department, at least 1,120 people were killed and 10,108 were injured in 6,644 road accidents across Indian-controlled Kashmir last year.

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